"Port Columbus International Airport." That's what I heard in the back seat on our way home from church. Lukas was looking at a map of Easton, the shopping area I have mentioned in a previous post, and there was evidently an arrow pointing towards the airport on the map. Lukas loves maps. He is very interested in learning about them, which we will be doing a lot more of during this school year. What really astounded me about this exchange was not, however, his interest in maps. It was the fact that he read, without pausing to sound out each syllable, the word "International." How do they learn so quickly? At this time last year, we were starting the first week of kindergarten, during which he learned how to blend two sounds together to make a new sound and began reading short words. He's come a long way since then.
Lukas reads every
day without prompting. He still likes for us to read to him, but he
also reads by himself. I still insist that my kids have a rest time
each afternoon, and neither child likes this idea. I firmly believe
that it is good for the three of us to have an hour to ourselves each
day whether or not they sleep. Each child is allowed to choose three
books to take to bed with them each afternoon. Lukas reads them all the
way through. Depending on the books, it takes him 20-40 minutes, and
then he starts asking to get up, or he'll actually go to sleep if he is
feeling tired. He still naps about two days a week, and I love it!
Ava is becoming
an avid "reader" as well. She looks at the pictures in the books and
creates stories to go along with them. It is very fun to stand outside
her door and listen to her creativity at work. Sometimes, if it is a
book that she is familiar with, her story sticks pretty close to the
original, and sometimes, it is completely original. That is when it is
the most fun.
I have also done a
lot of reading this summer. Well, I'll say I've done a lot of reading
when you consider that I am a mom and wife and don't have a lot of free
time. I've read Michael Philips' book, Dream of Life, which is the second book in his American Dreams
series. It is phenomenal, especially if you are a Civil War buff or
enjoy historical fiction. I can't wait for the third book to be
published. I just finished a Karen Kingsbury book last week called Sunrise.
It is the first in a new series, but it really is the third series
that is part of the Redemption series. Her books are easier reads than
Philips books, and that is what I needed right now.
I have also read a couple of non-fiction books this summer including The Maker's Diet, which is full of a wealth of info. I highly recommend it. I'm getting ready to read Child Training Tips,
which is something we really need around here. How about you? Are you
reading anything you'd like to share? I'd love to hear about it, and
then maybe I'll read it too!